Persistence is likely one of the most essential weapons within the househunter’s arsenal, in accordance with champion netballer-turned-TV renovator Bianca Chatfield.
The Block 2018 contestant has been actively and passively trying to find her subsequent dwelling since selling her Kew apartment in December.
As has been the case for a lot of budding patrons, COVID-19 has held Chatfield again — she’s nonetheless crashing at associate Mark Scrivens’ (of Married At First Sight fame) one-bedroom Windsor condominium with most of her stuff in storage.
“As soon as COVID-19 occurred, generally trying on-line and seeing there have been barely any choices — and no bargains — put me in a damaging mind-set,” Chatfield stated.
“However in saying that, you’ve bought to maintain trying, personal your scenario and never get caught up in what different persons are doing.”
The Commonwealth Video games and Netball World Championships gold medallist stated her hunt for a home within the Bayside space concerned perusing listings on realestate.com.au and Instagram, and “being clear” with native brokers concerning the property kind and worth vary she was in search of.
“Brokers might be nice allies,” she stated.
Chatfield’s promoting agent from Kew, The Company’s Peter Kakos, advisable she determine her “non-negotiables and negotiables”. This had helped her resolve she wanted a spot with no less than two bedrooms that was “comfy sufficient to stay in” however had scope to renovate, whereas she might be versatile concerning the suburb and whether or not she had on- or off-street parking.
Chatfield suggested fellow househunters to stroll across the neighbourhoods they had been contemplating shopping for into earlier than taking the plunge, and put money into constructing and pest inspections.
When it got here to setting a shopping for price range and selecting a mortgage, hit up a mortgage dealer and consider a financial savings buffer to protect towards potential future pandemic ache.
Chatfield stated $50 robotically transferred into her “reno account” every week. And she or he’d used the lockdowns to scale back her spending, repeatedly asking herself, “do I 100 per cent want this?”
“If I don’t, I’ve been forcing myself to say no,” she stated.
“The tip results of having the ability to purchase the property I would like might be price it.”
Try Bianca Chatfield’s new property sequence within the Herald Solar Realestate journal from subsequent Saturday, November 21.